Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Foot Orthotics and Cycling

Cycling represents interesting challenges for podiatric management of problems. First the cycling bike needs to be set up properly to ensure efficient biomechanics and power generation for cycling fast. Any mechanical problem that needs foot orthotics are going to be difficult as there is not a lot of room in the shoe for cycling foot orthotics. Also there is no “swing phase” in the cycling “gait” as there is when walking and running. This can result in a type of plantar forefoot neuropathy due to the constant weight bearing (this is also seen in gyms on equipment like the cross trainers in which there is a constant stance phase). A lot of these issues is discussed amongst cyclists on cycling forums and Podiatry Arena has had a few discussions on cycling.

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